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Showing posts from January 26, 2014

Lenovo buys Motorola for $2.91 Billion

A very surprise move, did anyone see that coming? all of a sudden, Motorola doing so good under Google with theMoto X and Moto G to start with, has been sold to Lenovo for a sum of $2.91 billion. As the message from Google CEO Larry Page says, We’ve just signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. As this is an important move for Android users everywhere, I wanted to explain why in detail. Larry explained about the new owner in a few lines, saying that they would be retaining the Motorola brand as it is:

Web gets new domain addresses like .bike, .TECHNOLOGY and .PHOTOGRAPHY

The humble .com is set to receive some competition from a new set of unusual web addresses such as .guru and .singles! Internet users will now be able to register in targeted and specific domains ending in .guru, .bike, .singles, .plumbing and .clothing among others as a US company is offering a wave of new Web addresses.Donuts Inc will kick off the general availability period for seven new Internet domain names, marking the beginning of a new era for the Internet in which users will have unprecedented choice in how they identify and brand themselves online. The new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) - the first of hundreds Donuts will launch this year - are .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles, and .ventures, the company said.

Snowden Docs show NSA collects personal data from smartphone apps

YouTube video views, Facebook "likes" and Blogger visits are among activities GCHQ has monitored in real-time, according to the latest Snowden leaks.It reports that the UK intelligence agency showed off its abilities to the US National Security Agency in 2012. Facebook has since started encrypting its data, but Google's YouTube and Blogger services remain unencrypted.Both firms have said that they did not give GCHQ permission to access the data.The alleged operation's leaked logo - showing a dolphin holding a canister branded GTE - appears to refer to Global Telecoms Exploitation, a GCHQ division believed to be capable of collecting data from fibre-optic cables.According to an earlier leak, published by the Guardian , GCHQ has been tapping fibre-optic cables to create a "buffer" of information it could search through since at least 2011, as part of a scheme called Tempora.

Smartphone-controlled hotel door locks will allow guests to bypass check-in

Guests at two boutique hotels in Manhattan and Cupertino will soon be able to skip the check-in desk and go directly to their room, using an Android app to unlock the door. The  WSJ  reports that the Aloft Hotel will launch the new service this quarter. Guests at these properties will receive a message on a Starwood app containing a virtual key, which will unlock the door with a tap or twist of their phone through the use of Bluetooth technology. The company says the iPhone 4s or newer models and the Android phones running 4.3 or newer will be compatible  

LEAP MOTION 3D Motion and Gesture Control for PC & Mac

The Leap Motion Controller senses how you naturally move your hands and lets you use your computer in a whole new way. Point, wave, reach, grab. Pick something up and move it. Do things you never dreamed possible.All that wide open space between you and your Computer.The Leap Motion Controller tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimeter. It's dramatically more sensitive than existing motion control technology. That's how you can draw or paint mini masterpieces inside a one-inch cube.The Leap Motion Controller can track your movements at a rate of over 200 frames per second. That’s how the action on your screen keeps up with your every move.The Leap Motion's object and motion detection system works by using three infrared LEDs to cast a dot pattern extending above and around it. This is then monitored by two infrared cameras on the unit, which can capture 300 frames per second to keep up with fast, fine movements. All the processing of this data is handled by a dri